Honestly, I'm sick of it. The praise heaped on my husband for being such a super dad. When did he use his vagina to bring life to the world? When did he scoop baby puke out of his cleavage? Does he know where the kids' swimming stuff is? Or the details of their vaccination schedule?
After learning that there is a penis museum in Iceland, but no vagina museum anywhere in the world, Florence Schechter decided she needed to make one. In this vlog, Florence talks discusses the reservations people have when talking about vaginas, the huge bias there is in science when researching sex organs and why we ultimately need a vagina museum.
The women who stand up and make it known are the bravest of us all. Braver than me. If I stood up I am almost certain others would follow yet I am paralysed by fear. I have seen the condemnation, the scrutiny, the abuse these brave women are met with and I am too frightened to face it myself. His word against mine, and I know how many voices will shout from his side about how abused he is by my speaking out. And I am afraid. Those women who face that, who lead the way, they are the bravest of us all.
And it struck me - a plate of food is not just a plate of food. It is representative of an almost infinite list of political issues. And that means that when we sit down to eat or cook or grow food, we aren't just fuelling our bodies, we are making surprisingly political choices.
Gender stereotyping continues to be strongly evident in all aspects of girls' lives, with societal views and lack of awareness conditioning young girls to behave in a certain way in order to fit the mould of how a girl "should" be.
Why yes, yes they do. However, there is a crucial difference, and it is one that is often overlooked. To make my point I'll choose an example of a very public situation, as opposed to a dingy club where the interaction isn't seen by anyone.
Like me, many will have been bounced from doctor to doctor and many may have been written off as neurotic or attention-seeking. Or, perhaps worse, misdiagnosed and treated for a condition they do not have. Often autism in women is mistaken for a mental health issue, such as Borderline Personality Disorder or Bipolar Disorder.
"... So, how do you have sex?" Inappropriate, right? Being a Brit, there are few things we are more prude-ish about than discussing our sex lives, and yet, this is a question that many people think is okay to ask trans people. Why? It's probably got something to do with society seeing trans identities as a novelty, and therefore not legitimate
I have been thinking lately about the power of language; in particular how it can be used to silence. I've been a feminist all my life, my mother was ...
Belle is a strong female role model for my princess obsessed daughter and her princess obsessed friends. Don't take this away from them by painting her as some weak minded little girl. In a world where a crucial meeting between two world leaders in reported in terms of their calves, we still need feminism. We still need Belle. I wonder why we didn't see it there before.
There is no forgiveness on Twitter. In real life words disappear in the air; on social media, they are there forever - you can delete your tweet but others can then still have ownership over your words through a timely screen grab or a re-tweet. An innocent mistake, a flippant remark, a tweet poorly wordsmithed can change your life in a moment. And there are no shades of grey.
Zuckerberg wasn't considering the needs of feminists when he designed Facebook: he was thinking of college frat boys who wanted to get their rocks off. And the rules haven't changed; as feminists we're still operating in a relatively hostile environment, where the community guidelines are applied haphazardly, and without the safety of women and other marginalised groups being a priority.
Women are incredible. That's just a fact. We are making advancements towards equality every day but sometimes I can't help but feel that society takes several steps backward. Take Emma Watson, for example, a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. An inspiring woman who, in my opinion, has done so much for feminism. But as soon as a picture of her in Vanity Fair showing part of her breasts, (yes, we actually have them under our clothes!) she got accused of not being a feminist. Because you can't be a feminist and show off your chest, apparently.
My parents have three 'children'. That is the way they have raised us. Of course, they cherish us and appreciate us as young women. But we have not been defined by our gender. You lead by example, and my parents both of Pakistani heritage, have reiterated that they do not need a son to feel content.
Yes, it's an abhorrent front page. Yes, it's deeply frustrating, it's offensive and it's outdated. But I'm not alone in my anger. Thousands and thousands of people are furious about it.
If you cannot handle a woman being seen in public because it hurts your feelings to see her happy, remove yourself, it is absolutely not her duty to hide herself away. She owes you nothing.